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1 SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION MTAT LECTURE 8 SECURITY Prepared By: Amnir Hadachi and Artjom Lind University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science / 1

2 OUTLINE 1.Is your OS secure 2.How security is compromised 3.Security tips and philosophy 4.Password and user accounts 5.Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) 6.Setuid programs 7.Effective use of chroot 8.Firewalls 9.Certifications 2

3 1. IS YOUR OS SECURE

4 IS YOUR OS SECURE Of course not the moment your OS is communicating via the network your machine is at risk. However: you can work hard to make it resistant to attacks but you should keep in mind there is no risk zero. Moreover, the unix fundamental flaws ensure that you will never reach the absolute and ideal security.

5 IS YOUR OS SECURE Why: the design of Unix or such like system is oriented to convenience which make security manipulation hard. software development is done by a large community; therefore, security holes has a high probability to occur. Most administrative functions are implemented outside the kernel; however, an attacker has a wide range of activity and access to the system.

6 2. HOW SECURITY IS COMPROMI SED

7 HOW SECURITY IS COMPROMISED We can resume security lapses into the following taxonomy: Social engineering Software vulnerabilities Configuration errors

8 HOW SECURITY IS COMPROMISED Social engineering Human user is the weakest link in the security chain. Creating confusion to get information Physical compromises phishing , SMS, phone call, etc.

9 HOW SECURITY IS COMPROMISED Software vulnerabilities Many softwares (commercial and open source) has shown to contain security-sapping bugs. Example: Buffer overflows (risk of being overwritten) What can you do, very little!! No action till the bug is caught in a patch.

10 HOW SECURITY IS COMPROMISED Configuration errors many piece of software can be configured to be very secured and annoying or not that secured and pleasant to use. Most of the time not that secured and pleasant to use is the default parameter. Example of venerability of host configuration: not requiring password for boot loader (open to physical attack) Potential Solution: you can add bios password and of course encrypt your data (but in case of reboot you have to be present physically)

11 3. SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPH Y

12 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Check list: Patches Unnecessary services Remote event logging Backups Viruses, worms and Trojan horses Rootkits Packet filtering Passwords

13 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Patches: Reasonable packing approach should include the following: A regular schedule for installing routine patches that is diligently followed. Document all change plans of each patches. An understanding of what patches are relevant to the environment.

14 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Unnecessary services Most of the systems comes with default running services. Be sure to disable any unnecessary services. Recall you can use netstat to check up running services $ netstat -an grep LISTEN In order to identify the service you can run: Then ps to identify the specific process: $ sudo lsof -i:22 $ ps <PID>

15 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Remote event logging Make use of syslog to facilitate forward log information The idea is: Create a centralised log aggregator that can capture logs from variety of devices and alert administrator.

16 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Backups Can be positive and also negative point regarding security Positive Allow you to have an uncontaminated checkpoint from which you can restore Negative if the tapes are stolen

17 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Rootkits Software tools that allow an unauthorised user to take control of your system without being detected Example: Sony s Trojan horse uses rootlets to stay hidden from the user.

18 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY Packet filtering Necessity to install a packet filtering to control exchange of data. or setting up firewall between the system and outside. Passwords setting up password for every account in case of use of remote login rely on ssh or something that secure the remote access to the system.

19 SECURITY TIPS AND PHILOSOPHY General philosophy: Effective system security strangeness rely on the common sense. Avoid to put file that can be interesting for hackers or nosy employees in your system. The site s security policy should specify how sensitive information is handled. Avoid to leave weak spots in your system that can be used as a nests for hackers. Set traps to help detect an authorised behaviour or intrusions Keep monitoring the logs generated by security tools.

20 4. PASSWORD S AND USER ACCOUNTS

21 PASSWORDS AND USER ACCOUNTS Password management is common security weakness. /etc/passwd FIRST LINE DEFENCE AGAIN INTRUDERS /etc/shadow Normally choose by users (not strong sometimes) Make it a habit to check shadow file. Enforce password complexity requirement. (lockup after many attempts to login in)

22 PASSWORDS AND USER ACCOUNTS Password aging DEFINITION: Password aging is technique used to defend against bad password within system or organisation. The idea is that after a specific period (90 days) the user is asked to change his/her password. REMARK: Users have the tendency to switch between the same passwords. which make the techniques not really effective in some cases.

23 PASSWORDS AND USER ACCOUNTS Password aging in debian or linux, chage" program control and manage password aging. Therefore you can: Enforce minimum and maximum times between password changes, Setting up password expiration dates Control the number of days to warn users before their passwords expire, Control the number of days of inactivity that are permissible before accounts are automatically locked, etc.

24 PASSWORDS AND USER ACCOUNTS Group login and shared logins User shell: Set the shell for a user about any program with customise script. (theory) Rootly entries do not allow root to login remotely changes has to be done in OpenSSH.

25 5. PLUGGABLE AUTHENTIC ATION MODULES PAM

26 PAM DEFINTION: PAM is a mechanism to integrate multiple low-level authentication schemes into a high-level application programming interface. its Power: it permit programs that rely on authentication to be written independently of the underlying authentication schemes. What does it mean: the administrator now has the ability to add new authentication methods simply by installing new PAM models with the modification needed about the authentication policies in the configuration files.

27 PAM PAM schema: APPLICATIONS LOGIN FTP APP_1 APP_N PAM API PAM LIBRARY PAM SPI pam.conf PAM SERVICE MODULES AUTHENTICATION SERVICE MODULES ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT MODULES SESSION MANAGEMENT MODULES PASSWORD MANAGEMENT MODULES

28 6. SETUID PROGRA MS

29 SETUID PROGRAMS Programs that runs setuid or setgid can be prone to security problems can modify /etc/passwd & /etc/shadow files Solution: minimise the number of setuid programs. you can disable setuid or setgid on individual filesystems by specifying the nosuid option to mount.

30 7. EFFECTIVE USE OF CHROOT

31 CHROOT NOTE: the moment we want to confines a process to a specific directory we need to use chroot system call. This action will disallows access to files outside or above that directory and thereby limits the damage that a process can cause if it should be compromised by a hacker. Example situation: 1: You want to restrict remote users to a specific set of files and commands. 2: You want to run a non-root daemon process such as Apache or BIND within a restricted filesystem subtree. If the daemon is compromised, the attacker will be restricted to the subtree as long as no privilege escalation vulnerabilities exist.

32 CHROOT needed condition for chroot protection to work: All processes in the chroot jail run without root privileges. (Processes that run as root always have the ability to break out of the chroot jail.) You are not using setuid root execution within the jail. The chroot environment is up to date and minimal. (contains only the executables, libraries, and configuration files needed for task)

33 8. FIREWALL S

34 FIREWALLS DEFINITION: firewall is a network security system that monitors the network by allowing or blacking the traffic into or out of a private network or from the users computer. Firewalls classification: Packet filtering Circuit gateways Application gateways Dynamic packet filter (combination of the above)

35 FIREWALLS DEFINITION: firewall is a network security system that monitors the network by allowing or blacking the traffic into or out of a private network or from the users computer. Firewalls classification: Packet filtering Circuit gateways Application gateways

36 FIREWALLS Packets Filters SECURITY PERIMETER Internet Packetfiltering router PRIVATE NETWORK

37 FIREWALLS Packet-Filters it is the simplest components Uses transport-layer information as a mean for checking: IP Source and destination TCP, UDP ICMP TCP flags etc.

38 FIREWALLS Packet-filters Usage of packet-filters filtering based on incoming or outgoing interface e.g. egress filtering Allows or denies certain services Requires intimate knowledge of TCP and UDP port usages.

39 FIREWALLS Configuring packet-filters: First: define security policy Second: configuring Ipchains and Iptables Third: tcpwrappers Fourth: PortSentry General rule: least privileges if you don t need it, get rid of it

40 FIREWALLS DEFINITION: firewall is a network security system that monitors the network by allowing or blacking the traffic into or out of a private network or from the users computer. Firewalls classification: Packet filtering Circuit gateways Application gateways

41 FIREWALLS Circuit gateways Outside host OUT IN Outside connection OUT OUT OUT OUT IN IN IN IN Inside connection Inside host OUT IN Circuit-level Gateways

42 FIREWALLS Circuit gateways Based on TCP connections Controls by limiting which connection are permitted The moment they are created the relays traffic without checking the contents SOCKS commonly used for this purpose IS AN INTERNET PROTOCOL THAT EXCHANGE PACKETS BETWEEN USER AND SERVER VIA PROXY SERVER.

43 FIREWALLS DEFINITION: firewall is a network security system that monitors the network by allowing or blacking the traffic into or out of a private network or from the users computer. Firewalls classification: Packet filtering Circuit gateways Application gateways

44 FIREWALLS Application gateways Outside host DNS NTP Inside host HTTP Outside connection SMTP FTP TELNET Inside connection Application-level Gateways

45 FIREWALLS Application gateways Full access to protocol User initiate the request from proxy proxy validate request Next request actioned and returns results to user Necessity of separate proxies for each service: e.g. SMTP, DNS, NTP, etc.

46 FIREWALLS Application gateways Architecture: DAEMON SPAWNS PROXY WHEN COMMUNICATION DETECTED TELNET PROXY DNS PROXY FTS PROXY SMTP PROXY TELNET DAEMON DNS DAEMON FTS.. SMTP DAEMON DAEMON NETWORK CONNECTION

47 9. CERTIFICA TIONS

48 CERTIFICATIONS The most basic philosophical principle in information systems and should be considered during the design or implementation or maintenance of your system is CIA triad.cia stands for: Confidentiality Integrity Availability

49 CERTIFICATIONS The most basic philosophical principle in information systems and should be considered during the design or implementation or maintenance of your system is CIA triad. CIA stands for: Confidentiality Concerns the privacy of data. Integrity Availability

50 CERTIFICATIONS The most basic philosophical principle in information systems and should be considered during the design or implementation or maintenance of your system is CIA triad. CIA stands for: Confidentiality Integrity Related to authenticity of information Availability

51 CERTIFICATIONS The most basic philosophical principle in information systems and should be considered during the design or implementation or maintenance of your system is CIA triad. CIA triad stands for: Confidentiality Integrity Availability Accessibility to authorised users when they need information.

52 CERTIFICATIONS Certificate functions Strong authentication An external authority vouches for your identity Contains: public key of the certificate holder which allows entity to encrypt messages that only the certificate holder can decrypt. Represent the foundation of privacy and security in the web.

53 CERTIFICATIONS Keys (private and public) are generated on your computer (private key should never leave your machine) can also be done using web browser or application program. e.g. PGP, SSH.etc. For getting the certificate for your browser visit Certificate Authority (CA) website and apply for it. submit proof of identity pay a fee

54 CERTIFICATIONS What does the certificate contains. Subject Name information (Distinguished name, or DN) Holder s public key Certificate is signed by CA with its private key The DN info is available to the web server.

55 CERTIFICATIONS With the certificate and keys you are able to create a digital signature. the use os digital signature sign document to assure that they are authentic Encrypt a document for privacy Ensure the document does not change by making a secure hash.

56 CERTIFICATIONS Certificate in action source:

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